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Dental Implants – South Austin, TX

Permanently Replace Your Missing Teeth

group of women smiling with dental implants in South AustinEven a single missing tooth can lead to serious oral health complications. If you’re missing more than one tooth, you may experience severe challenges on a day-to-day basis. While modern dentistry offers a few different treatments for filling in the gaps and restoring dental function, dental implants in South Austin are the most effective and longest-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Jack Fan is proud to provide comprehensive implant dentistry to the Austin community. Contact our team today if you would like to take advantage of this life-changing treatment.

Why Choose The Dental Centre for Dental Implants?

  • Partnered with Austin-Area Dental Implant Specialists
  • Convenient, Affordable Financing Options
  • Bone Grafting Available

dental implant post with crown next to a natural toothWhat Are Dental Implants?

Traditional replacement teeth, like dental bridges and dentures, only recreate the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gums. In contrast, dental implants replace the entire tooth structure, which includes the root. This titanium post is surgically placed into your jaw, where it then integrates with your existing bone and gum tissue, creating an incredibly stable fit.

Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants stimulate the bone tissue and restores many of the function previously lost after the tooth was extracted. For example, you’ll have most of your original chewing power restored, so you’ll be able to eat all of your favorite foods with a beautiful set of pearly whites that won’t slip around or fall out. These are just a couple of the many reasons why Dr. Fan believes that dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution for most patients.

dentist showing a model of a dental implant in the jawBenefits of Dental Implants

Replacing both the roots and crowns of the teeth allows you to enjoy a variety of benefits that aren’t possible using a denture or dental bridge. With dental implants, you can enjoy a longer-lasting smile that has a 90-95% success rate after 10 years! Unlike other tooth replacement options like fixed bridges and traditional dentures that require additional time and money to maintain, the benefits of dental implants in South Austin cannot be denied. In fact, more than 3 million people are already living with and enjoying their permanent prosthetics. To better understand why you should schedule an appointment with us to discuss dental implants, here are some additional advantages to consider:

Lifestyle Benefits

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  • Dental implants offer confidence. Instead of feeling embarrassed by your prosthetic or avoiding social gatherings like many denture-wearers often do, your implants look and function just like normal teeth, giving you the confidence needed to eat and speak without worry or fear.
  • Dental implants in South Austin allow you to enjoy your favorite hot beverages and not worry about the materials used to create them becoming warped or damaged. The acrylic used to create the base of a denture can easily become warped when exposed to hot temperatures.
  • Dental implants allow you to enjoy your favorite foods, even those that are harder in texture. While it is best to cut up coarser foods into smaller pieces, you will be less likely to cause damage your implants. When eating these foods with dentures, you have to worry about cause an unbalance when biting down, resulting in the prosthetic slipping or falling out.
  • Your permanent prosthetics are held in place because of the surgical placement into your jawbone. Dentures only sit on top of your gums, and fixed bridges rely on healthy adjacent teeth to serve as anchors. With implants, you can expect a firm and stable smile.

Health Benefits

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  • Many of the most common health problems (i.e., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis) no longer have to be a risk when choosing to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. Many individuals 65 years of age and older who have missing teeth are subject to a greater risk for these conditions. By living with a complete smile, you can reduce your risk and maintain greater oral and overall health.
  • You will achieve greater jawbone preservation with dental implants. When an implant dentist in South Austin places your prosthetics, it mimics the natural tooth root, allowing it to continuously stimulate your jawbone each time you bite down or chew. This is simply impossible with fixed bridges or dentures because of the way they are placed.
  • With dental implants, you will be free to brush, floss, and rinse like normal because your implants work just like regular teeth. Although they cannot decay, maintaining them with good oral hygiene practices will ensure you enjoy better dental health in the long run.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Once your dental implants are initially placed, they have a 98% success rate, especially when seeing a trusted implant dentist.
  • Dental implants are known to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance, unlike dentures and fixed bridges that require regular replacement after a few years.
  • You will surprisingly save a lot of money by choosing dental implants simply because you do not need the additional products and services that dentures and fixed bridges require. From dental adhesives and specialized cleaning products to frequent relining and replacing of your prosthetic, you will save more in the long run with dental implants.

woman smiling in the dental chairWho Dental Implants Can Help

Dental implants are a suitable solution for all levels of tooth loss, whether you’re missing just one tooth or an entire arch of teeth.

Missing One Tooth

If you are missing just one tooth, a single dental implant can be placed within your jawbone. Then, Dr. Fan will place a custom dental crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of your missing tooth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

An implant-supported bridge is ideal for replacing multiple missing teeth in a row. Two implants support the bridge, and they’re connected to dental crowns. Pontics (artificial teeth) “bridge” the space between the crowns.

Missing All Teeth

Dr. Fan can replace an entire arch of teeth with just six to eight strategically placed dental implants. The dentures that attach to the implants may be permanently screwed into place. Overdentures, removable prostheses that snap onto the implants, are also an option for many patients.

Learn More About Implant-Retained Dentures

dentist putting his hand on a patient’s shoulderUnderstanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Admittedly, dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement solutions. Preliminary work, the implant placement surgery, and the final restoration each come with its own price. When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll be able to provide you with an estimate for the cost of your treatment. We’ll also help you explore financing and insurance options that might help you fit your new smile into your budget. The many benefits that dental implants in South Austin offer make them worth the price! They’re a smart investment in your oral health, appearance, and confidence.

Types of Dental Implants

dental bridge being supported by two dental implants

Since every patient’s case is different, the type and number of dental implants used for your treatment may vary. For example, if you need to have four to six implants placed, this is a stark contrast from those who may only need a single implant to replace a tooth. Both of these circumstances will result in dramatically different treatment costs. Not only does the price for materials go up, but the number of visits needed to plan for the eventual procedure does as well. We’ll discuss your needs in great detail so that you will feel confident about your procedure.

What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?

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Regardless of how complex your dental implant treatment may be, there are always three main stages to keep in mind. This includes the surgical portion, the abutment placement, and the permanent restoration that goes on top. Each of these steps come with their own unique cost. Furthermore, if you are someone who is currently suffering from gum disease or you’ve been missing teeth for a long time and therefore need additional bone tissue grafted onto your bone so an implant can effectively integrate, this will make your treatment process longer and more costly.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

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It’s no surprise that dental implants are a large investment, but the good news is they are by far one of the most important purchases you can make for your oral health if you are missing teeth. They are worth the investment because they are designed to last longer than any other tooth replacement out there. In fact, they usually last several decades and even the rest of your life. Additionally, they require significantly less maintenance than bridges or dentures, meaning you’re likely to actually save money in the long-term. Not having to replace a dental implant every several years or so, which is common for bridges and dentures, is exactly why they are so cost-effective.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Unfortunately, dental implants are not typically covered by dental insurance. However, there is some good news. Other treatments that are related to dental implant treatment are far more likely to be covered. This includes the initial consultation to see if you are eligible for treatment, the periodontal therapy you might need prior to surgery, or the restoration used to cover the implant. In many cases, you can receive partial coverage for these treatments. If you need help paying for treatment, third-party financing like CareCredit is always an option as well.

dental team member showing a patient her X-raysAdvanced Dental Implant Procedures

While more people are eligible for dental implants than ever, there are some cases where preparatory measures are needed before they can be safely implanted into the jaw. For example, bone grafting is one of these procedures. Bone grafts are intended to use bone material, either from a donor or another area of the patient’s body, to expand the amount of bone available in the jaw. While these advanced procedures lengthen your treatment time, it’s worth the wait to set a strong foundation for your new smile.

Do I Need a Bone Graft?

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There are really two main reasons to receive a bone graft. The first is to preserve your natural jawbone density following tooth loss or extraction. This form of bone grafting is referred to as socket preservation. The other reason to receive jawbone grafts would be to build up the hard tissue density or reposition the tooth’s nerve prior to the placement of dental implant posts. Not all patients who have a tooth extracted or who choose to receive dental implant-supported tooth replacement will need to have a bone graft. Every case is different, and we will need to examine your smile to determine whether or not you’ll need a bone graft.

Bone Grafts & Dental Implant Tooth Replacement

diagram of a sinus lift procedure

The most common reason we recommend bone grafting is as a preparatory treatment for dental implant-supported tooth replacement plans. Following tooth loss, many patients experience diminished jawbone density. This can prevent them from successfully completing dental implant placement procedures. Bone grafts can significantly increase chances for success, allowing more patients than ever before to become candidates for dental implants.

How Does Bone Grafting Work?

dental implant post in the jawbone

There are several different types of commonly performed bone graft procedures. The four most common are:

  • Socket preservation – A small amount of bone from the jaw or other part of the body is placed into the socket immediately following tooth extraction to promote healing and preserve natural jawbone density. This is typically recommended only when teeth will be replaced.
  • Sinus lift – The large sinus cavity above the top row of teeth makes it difficult for many patients to receive an upper arch dental implant. Sinus lift procedures place additional bone along the upper jaw, so patients may successfully receive one or more implant posts.
  • Ridge expansion – This is the most difficult and invasive form of bone grafting. It requires us to split the existing bone and add graft material in the middle of the separated tissue. These procedures can increase the height or width of the jawbone.
  • Nerve repositioning – In some cases, the nerve tissue that runs through the jaw needs to be protected before we can place a dental implant post, so we place additional bone tissue over top of the nerve to protect it from contact with implant post.

What Should I Expect After Bone Grafting?

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Following your bone graft procedure, you will likely be a little sore and you may experience some bruising and inflammation at the site. If you ever experience severe swelling, increased pain, or signs of infection, you should contact our team immediately. We may need to provide follow up treatment to address infection or other complications. Otherwise, you can expect to make a complete recovery within a few days to a week. If you’re going to receive dental implants, we typically need to wait several weeks or even months to ensure the new bone has time to fully fuse with your natural oral structures.

patient admiring his smile in the mirrorDental Implant FAQs

If you’re learning about dental implants for the first time, you’re probably wondering if they are the right treatment for you or what the treatment even entails. Dr. Fan gets many questions when it comes to dental implants because people understand the benefits behind them, even if they aren’t sure if they should pursue treatment. That’s why we’ve included a handful of the most common questions we receive as well as their detailed answers below.

How Long Does the Dental Implant Treatment Process Take?

Overall, dental implants can take between six and eight months to complete from the consultation to the restoration being placed on top of the implant. Of course, the length of your treatment can be longer depending on the number of teeth you need to replace as well as their location. If you need additional treatments to make dental implants viable, such as bone grafts or periodontal (gum) therapy, then additional time will be needed to accommodate these concerns. We want to make sure that your dental implant treatment is a total success, and that requires sufficient planning time for your surgery and eventual restoration.

Will My Dental Implants Last for Life?

Typically, dental implants can last between 25 and 30 years without concern. As long as you practice daily oral care and maintain visits to our office, we’re sure that your dental implant will last several decades. They are designed to adhere to the bone and soft tissue inside your mouth, creating an everlasting bond that can withstand daily chewing and feel incredibly natural while doing it. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that your dental implants last as long as possible.

How Do I Protect My Dental Implants?

Keeping your dental implant healthy is as easy as practicing daily oral care like you would normally. This includes brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day, especially around the restoration that sits on top of the implant. While restorations cannot develop decay, it’s still possible for the gum tissue sitting underneath it to become infected if enough plaque develops around the area. This is why it is so important to practice daily oral care.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

While it is rare, dental implants can fail due to a couple of different reasons. The most common is because of tobacco use following the placement of dental implants, especially immediately after surgery. This is because tobacco can irritate the gums and make them inflamed, increasing the overall risk for failure. It’s also possible to develop a gum infection called peri-implantitis, which could result in the need for removal of the implant. By avoiding all tobacco products and committing to routine at-home care, you can avoid these complications.

What Can I Eat with Dental Implants?

Dental implants are designed to mimic teeth almost exactly. This means that you can eat just about anything that you could have prior to receiving the tooth replacement. Whether you want to chew a thick cut of steak, bite into your favorite kind of apple, or eat a handful of nuts, dental implants allow you to do so with confidence.